Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Where is SAU located?

South Asian University is located in New Delhi. Currently the university functions from its Akbar Bhawan Campus in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. A permanent campus of about 100 acres in Maidan Garhi in South Delhi has been allotted by the Government of India where construction is in full swing and we hope to be able to shift there by 2018.

 Q2. Are there any regional campuses of SAU?

No, though we hope to have some in the future soon.

Q3. What major courses does SAU offer?

Currently SAU offers Masters & PhD programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Economics, International Relations, Legal Studies & Sociology.

Q4. Are the degrees provided by the South Asian University recognised?

Yes. The degrees provided by the South Asian University are recognised in all the member nations of SAARC.

Q5. What is the eligibility criteria required for admission?

For admission to Master’s & PhD programmes in Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Legal Studies, the minimum prescribed eligibility criteria is a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent gradein the qualifying degree..

For admission to Master’s & PhD programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology and Computer Science, the minimum prescribed eligibility percentage is a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in the qualifying degree.


Q6. How are the students inducted?

Candidates seeking admission to the Master’s programmes have to take a written test. The syllabus and pattern for the test for most of the programmes can be accessed from the university website.

Admission to PhD programmes is through an entrance test and an interview. The entrance test is based on a prescribed syllabus and pattern, uploaded on the university website. The interview for candidates from outside India can be held through Skype. The requirements for the interview are also uploaded on the university website for each programme of study.

Q7. Are hostel facilities available for all students?

Separate hostels for boys and girls who come from outside the National Capital Region (of Delhi) are available on a sharing basis (3-to-a room). Accommodation is not available for family members, spouses and children of married students.

Q8. How do I apply?

You need to log in to the university website and then register and apply online. It is better if you can make payment for the entrance test fee of USD 10 or INR 670 through internet banking or debit or credit card. Those who cannot make payment online are still required to apply online and then make payment through a bank draft. They should write their name, application number and the programme they have applied for on the back of the bank draft (which should be drawn in favour of “South Asian University”, payable at New Delhi) and courier it to the Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110021, India. However, you will be registered only after your draft has been received.

Q9. When should I apply?

The admission process has already started. The last date for applying for Admissions this year is 25 March 2017 and the entrance test will be held on 9 April 2017 at specified centres in all SAARC countries.

Q10. I don’t belong to any of the SAARC countries but I want to apply. Do you have centres in countries outside the SAARC region?

If you don’t belong to any of the SAARC countries you do not need to take the entrance Test. You should fill the prescribed application form (Application Form for the Nationals of Non-SAARC Countries) and mail it directly to the Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi- 110021, India with all supporting documents including educational, identity proof and a colour photograph. The application should reach South Asian University by 25 March 2017. Each application will be scrutinized by the concerned faculty to determine the eligibility of the candidate and the decision of the university will be final in this regard.

Q11. What is the teacher student ratio at SAU?

The current teacher student ratio at SAU is approximately 1:6.  

Q12. Do you have any undergraduate programme?

The university doesn’t have any undergraduate programme as yet.

Q13. What are the types of scholarships available in SAU?

A large number of scholarships and freeships are available to students. There are three major heads under which scholarships/freeships are provided in SAU –
a) President’s Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Two scholarships are offered for each academic programme: one to the student scoring the highest marks in the Entrance Test in the Indian list and the other to the student scoring the highest marks in the non-Indian list (South Asian countries other than India) who finally joins the University. The scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 7,000 per month as living allowance. Awardees will also receive an amount of INR 10,000 (in respect of non-Indian Students) and Rupees 5,000 (in respect of Indian students) as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc, and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and excess baggage cost respectively.

b) SAARC India Silver Jubilee Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Programmes: SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarships (SJS), instituted by the Government of India, are offered for Master’s and Doctoral level studies to meritorious students coming from the Least Developed Countries of the region i.e., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. This Scholarship includes full Tuition Fee waiver + Hostel Fee waiver + living allowance of INR 7,000 per month (Master’s level programmes) or INR 25,000 per month (PhD programmes). Awardees will also receive an amount of Rupees 10,000 as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc, and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and extra baggage cost respectively.

c) SAU Merit Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Ten scholarships are available in each academic programme: five to the next highest scoring students in the Indian list and five to the next highest scoring students in the non-Indian (South Asian countries other than India) list in the Entrance Test, after the award of the SJS and Presidents Scholarships, who finally join the University. The scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 5,000 per month as living allowance.

d) SAU Freeships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): As per SAU mandate, no student will be denied admission to the University because s/he cannot pay the fees. Therefore SAU will provide free education to such students by waiving the tuition and hostel fee (if applicable). No additional support for living expenses will be provided. The Scholarship Award Committee will accept applications from such students up to 22 August 2016, which must be supported by the following documents:

□ Authenticated Original Annual income certificate of parents issued by Government authorities or by a Revenue Officer (in case of parents being in business) in English language or accompanied by an authenticated English translation.
□ A recent, original salary slip/salary statement of Father/Mother in English or an authenticated English translation (in case of parents being in government/private service).
□ Income tax returns of Father/Mother in case income comes under tax bracket.

e) SAU Tuition Fee Waiver for PhD Students: All PhD students will receive tuition fee waiver.
f) Financial Support from SAU for PhD Programmes: Financial support for PhD students of INR 25,000 per month is awarded to students not receiving any kind of scholarship/sponsorship or JRF support from agencies like UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR etc. or similar agencies in other SAARC countries.

Duration of Scholarships/Freeships: In all cases, scholarships and freeships are granted for one year. They are extended each year subject to satisfactory academic performance, maintenance of hostel/university discipline and good conduct, reviewed at the end of each year. All recipients of scholarships and freeships must therefore be regular in attending classes and make full efforts to sustain and improve their academic performance. The maximum duration of the SAU PhD scholarship is 5 years.

First year scholarships will cover the summer vacation period at the end of the first two semesters. Scholarships for June and July to continuing students will be disbursed at the end of July, after they re-join the University. In the second year of all Master’s level programmes, scholarships and freeships will cease at the end of the academic session i.e. end of May 2018 and will not cover the summer vacation period at the end of the second year.

PhD fellowships from external agencies: PhD students who have qualified for JRF support from agencies like the Indian UGC/CSIR/DBT and ICMR, may avail the fellowship as per the terms and conditions of the granting agencies. However, if they receive fees and hostel allowances, these will be recovered from them to the extent of their allowance.

Q14. How do I apply for scholarships?

All scholarships are merit-based, depending on your rank in the entrance test. However, a limited number of freeships are available to students who cannot afford to pay the fees. Such students can apply on the prescribed application form after joining the University along with all supporting documents.

Q15. Can I get campus jobs at SAU?

A limited number of campus jobs are available under the Work – Earn programme. You can apply for these jobs on a monthly basis after joining the university.

Q16. Do non-Indian students face any disparity?

All students, whether from within India or outside, are treated as equals in all matters, whether academic or administrative. In order to promote integration amongst students living in the hostel, the university has a policy of letting students from different countries share accommodation.

Q17. What prospects do SAU graduates have after they pass out?

SAU degrees are recognized by all SAARC member countries. Job opportunities depend, among other things, on the grades students get and other attributes you pick up while at the University. Many SAU alumni are well placed in universities, colleges, research organisations, think tanks, etc. across the region while some are pursuing higher studies around the world.

Q18. What all do I need to bring when I come to SAU after admission?

The university provides a bed along with a mattress and a table and a chair in the hostel room. Students have to bring their own bedlinen and blanket/quilt. The Delhi winter can be quite cold.

Q19. Does SAU offer an MBA programme?

No. Currently SAU doesn’t offer an MBA programmes.

Q20. Does SAU offer online / distance learning programmes?

No. All Master’s and Research programmes are regular programmes and do not allow students to take up full time or even part-time jobs.

387 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Ali Ahmadi

    Dear sir.
    excuse me to I have a question I studied my bachelor in two parts, two non-continual two years and I have two certificates of two years that complete bachelor.
    is it sufficient?
    Ali Ahmadi
    From Afghanistan

  2. Shahriar Rakib Mahmud

    I am Rakib From Chittagong, Bangladesh. I currently am studying MBA(Major in International Management) in University of Chittagong. I want to know whether i am allowed to study M.A in international relations here. Also if i am suitable for applying for any sort of scholarships.


  3. Muhammad Ali Rizvi

    Dear Sir,
    Please guide me in two ways: I am result awaiting student of LL.M from Pakistan, two years have been passed and final research has been submitted by me and can take more than a month to get final result, am I eligible for Ph.D in Legal Studies? And lastly: when will admissions be called again?
    Thanks for your time and response.


      Please note that such candidates will not have any claim to admission if their results are not declared and their mark sheets are not available latest by 31 July 2017 which is the last date for admissions.

      i think this information will help you.

  4. zarak khan toryalai

    I hope you are fine
    is there any reserved seats for disabled persons for Ph. D international Relations?
    kindly guide me in this regard

    zarak khan toryalai

      1. satyam kumar

        sir if possible please send me at lest 3-4 years old previous question papers i got only 2011 question paper on net

  5. Waleed Ahmad

    What is the fee structure for MSc Computer Science for SAARC member countries?
    and second question is that: a candidate having 2 years bachelors degree is eligible for masters or not?

  6. Dorothy Deb

    I applied for the MA in International Relations Course, while filling up my form, I made an error in the hostel requirement section, is there any means by which i can change it?

  7. Lancy Verma

    I have completed Integrated B.Tech+M.Tech 5 years dual degree in biotechnology . I wanted to know if i am eligible to apply for PhD in biotechnology, because in my programme there is no clear 3+2 demarcation.

    1. South Asian University Post author

      Please apply. You will get your admit card in your mail after every formality is fulfilled.

  8. ANKIT

    Based on previous years’ entrance exams, what is the general expected marks one should have out of 100 ,to be in the Merit List…as far as.Masters Programme for International Relations is concerned…

    1. South Asian University Post author

      We do not offer MCA anymore. We have MSc Computer Science and the application process is online.

  9. sayed hussainullah sadat

    When the online application will be available on ur website for 2017-18 academic year?
    Coz announcement has been published since last one week but still we cant apply.
    Hope to answer me regarding to this issue.

  10. Kazim Ehsan

    I am from Afghanistan. Currently working as head of media and communication International Psychosocial Organization (IPSO). I have studied Bachelor of commerce between 2009-2013 in Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. Our system was semester based. But I scored very low percentage. It is 44%. can I apply for the Master of Development Economic?

  11. Islam Ahmed Choudhury

    I would like to know that when the procedure of online application will be started for session 2017-18 of Post Graduation Programme. Looking forward to get a suitable response.

  12. Ashok Shilpakar

    Sir, I have passed MBA with finance from Sikkim Manipal University ( Distance Education). Am I eligible in admission for MA in Economics?
    Looking for your reply.

    1. Ali

      Thanks for all the opportunities that you are providing. And after I would like to ask about the next terms admissions and when it starts..

  13. Ravindra Gurjar

    Sir i want to be doing M.A from. Internationl science after m.a can i apply school lecturer and Net/jrf form from political science. Or international science

  14. hari krishna d v

    I’m an Engineering student and my UG course structure is 4 years. Therefore my formal education will be 10+2+4, but the eligibility criteria says 10+2+3 is required.
    Am I eligible for MA Sociology course?

    1. Md. Momen Mia

      Dear sir/madam,
      I have completed my hon’s course in Sociology & Anthropology.
      My S.S.C. result is GPA 3.38 out of 5,
      H.S.C. result is GPA 2.50 out of 5 and
      Hon’s result is CGPA 3.85 out of 4.
      Now, can I get admission here M.A. in Sociology by my this result?

  15. Sakina bombaywala

    I kindly want to know merit criterion for admission to biotechnology program with respect to entrance exam score and bachelor’s marks. I secured 4th rank in the entrance exam and my B.Sc aggregate is 80percent. Am wait listed for admission to Msc biotech program. So please let me know.
    I am very interested in biotechnology program offered by this university

  16. geet

    hey, i have appeared for applied maths entrance exam 2016. I want to see my result to know how i have performed. But i can’t find any link. please help.
    #TRANSPARENCY needed

  17. shubham kamboj

    when will be declare final admission list of appliad mathematics entrance exam.
    plee…. tell me any one

  18. Naveen

    I am shortlisted for M.Sc Applied Mathematics program. But ramks are not provided in email & in admission portal i am unable to upload my marksheets. Please help

  19. Anakshi Pal

    Hello! I have applied for M.Phil (Sociology) and was sent the interview letter via e-mail. SAU requires certain documents to be uploaded for scrutiny such as marksheets etc. which we have to do by logging into the admission portal using the SAU provided ID and password. I cannot find the portal. Kindly help me with the proper link.
    Also, the letters of recommendation that have to be furnished- should these be confidential? In that case should the Professors writing these letters e-mail them to the e-mail IDs provided?
    Please Help.

  20. Hedayatullah

    if it is possible plz let me know about exam procedure and when we need to prepare and submit our PhD dissertation proposal?


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